The U.S. has turned down an extradition request for Anne Sacoolas, the wife of an American diplomat who was involved in an August 2019 car crash in England that killed teenager Harry Dunn. A State Department spokesperson told The Daily Beast that Sacoolas had “immunity from criminal jurisdiction” at the time of the crash and for the duration of her stay in the U.K. “If the United States were to grant the U.K.'s extradition request, it would render the invocation of diplomatic immunity a practical nullity and would set an extraordinarily troubling precedent,” the spokesperson said. A spokesperson for the Dunn family first told Sky News of the request’s denial.
Sacoolas claimed diplomatic immunity and fled the U.K. in the fallout of the fatal head-on crash near a U.S. Air Force communications station. Police say Sacoolas was driving on the wrong side of the road and crashed into Dunn’s motorcycle. She was subsequently charged late last year in England for causing Dunn’s death by dangerous driving, after President Trump attempted to set up a face-to-face meeting between Dunn’s parents and Sacoolas at the White House.